LANCASTER – Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying possible victims and witnesses connected with the arrest of girls’ softball coach, Jose Lopez, for alleged having sex with one of his teenage players.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Brian Hudson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273, or SpecialVictims@lasd.org.
As The AV Times reported Monday, Lopez was a coach on a championship-winning junior fastpitch softball team in the Antelope Valley that included 14 to 18-year-old girls.
The 35-year-old became the subject of an investigation in July 2012, when allegations were made that he had been involved in an on-ongoing sexual relationship with one of his players, a 16-year-old girl.
On August 7, sheriff’s detectives arrested Lopez for committing lewd acts with a child. Lopez was released about seven hours later on $100,000 bail, according to the sheriff’s department’s inmate information system.
On Aug. 15, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed four felony counts against Lopez: Two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, one felony count of penetration with a foreign object, and one felony count of lewd acts with a child. The incidents occurred between February and July of this year, according to court records.
Lopez is set to be arraigned in an Antelope Valley courtroom on Sept. 11.
(Information via press release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau.)